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Old 06-15-2006, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey everyone.
I am new to this planted natural tank. I have a nano reef already but i had a question about filtration for a planted tank i am going to set up in two months when i move. The tank is going to be a 20H and i was originally going to slap on a penguin mini...i can get one of htem for like 12 bucks at the local fish store where i work (we dont specialize in planted tanks so i dont have alot of knowledge about the,)...but upon reading this it seems that that filter is extremely inefficent.
Would a filstar XP1 be overkill for a 20 gallon tank? What are the advantages/disadvantages of them? or would the penguin mini be sufficent, because if i can get away paying only 12 bucks comparted to 70ish i would rather go with the cheaper.
Thanks in advance for any input!
Also, would it be advisable to put CO2 on a tank this size, and if so, any reccomendations?
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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The XP1 is a good choice for a 20 gallon. Overfiltration would never hurt. If ou plan on having a planted tank then you can use the DIY way it would be sufficient for a 20 gallon.
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XP1 is perfect. Has adjustable flow to reduce it if it's too much flow. No disadvantage.

Depending on if you want a "high tech, high light tank" CO2 is a must. But if you want low tech, no co2, and minimal fertilization then CO2 isn't necessary. A simple DIY rig with a hagen ladder will be sufficient for CO2 in anycase. Additional CO2 can't hurt in both situation.

If you pricematch the filstar at your local petsmart with the price from bigalsonline, you can get it for about $60. Print out the website price page, and bring it in. If the manager turns you down, try again another day with another manager or another store. Always works for me on the first time though.

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Depending on if you want a "high tech, high light tank" CO2 is a must.

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What classifies as a "high tech, high light tank?" I am going to have a 65 watt corallife powercompact on it (a little over 3 watts), is that high light?
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When you first plug it in you may worry that the flow is high. A week later and you'll be wishing you got the XP2. Add an inline reactor and you'll really be kicking yourself for not getting at least an XP2.
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With 3 wpg your pretty much going to need co2.
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